Maritime Museum of San Diego, Location, Operating Hours, and Public Transportation options
How to Find Us
The Maritime Museum of San Diego is located on Harbor Drive near the corner of Ash Street just a few blocks West of interstate 5. From interstate 5 North or South take the "Airport" exit. Look for signs on the freeway and after exiting on to surface streets that read "Embarcadero-Maritime Museum." They will direct you to the museum.
Maritime Museum of San Diego - Street Address:
1492 North Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
Hours of Operation:
Open every day of the year
9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Summer hours starting at Memorial Day open until 9:00 p.m. till Festival of Sail.
During Festival of Sail (Labor Day weekend) 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
San Salvador Build-site Village at Spanish Landing Ntc - Street Address:
4216 North Harbor Drive
Turn on Spanish Landing Way off North Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92106
Hours of Operation:
San Salvador Build-site at Spanish Landing
Daily 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
There are metered spaces in the lot directly in front of the Maritime Museum. They are enforced 8am - 6 pm, Monday - Saturday. They cost a quarter for every 12 minutes, and the meters will take up to 10 quarters at a time (two hours at a time). We have not had the Port ticket cars that are parked in the same space for more then two hours as long as the meters are paid.
There are also several day lots (pay to park) within a few blocks of the museum including: Broadway and Harbor Drive, Kettner and Cedar, Kettner and Beech and a large parking structure at Columbia and "C". Also parking is available at the County Administration Center (pay to park, enter off Ash Street between Harbor Drive and Pacific Coast Highway) on weekends and holidays only. Day lots typically charge $10 per day but prices may change at any time.
We recommend that if you park in metered spaces you assign one chaperone to be the "quartermaster". This designated person goes back and forth to feed all the group's meters at the appropriate time. This keeps the program from losing all the chaperones during the program. Often teachers have given drivers tags/signs for their front window to make their cars easy for the quartermaster to identify.
*If you are coming on a sailing program you must park in pay lots as the ship is gone longer than two hours.
The County Center/Little Italy trolley station on the blue line is only 2 blocks from the museum. Below are links to schedules and more information including bus service.
- Click Here to go to the Metropolitan Transit System's website.
- Zoomed in downtown bus route map: via MTS website (PDF)
- Larger-area downtown bus route map (including inset for above): via MTS website (PDF)
- Bus maps for all of San Diego
- Click Here for additional transit links.
CLICK HERE For Discount Reservations at Nearby Hotels.
On the Water Adventures:
Save on weekend Maritime Museum Event Venues